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Overview

At the end of this section, students should understand the role that energy conversion plays in our modern society, the present day sources of electric energy, how it is transmitted, how it is consumed, its history and current trends.

  1. Review of phasors, complex power, and basic electronics
    • The purpose of this section is to briefly review topics covered in earlier courses. At the end of this section students should be able to analyze single phase, sinusoidal, constant frequency circuits.
  2. Three-phase circuits, three-phase power, wye-delta conversion, per phase analysis
    • At the end of this section students should be able to analyze balanced three-phase circuits using per phase analysis, and be able to use capacitors to do power factor correction.
  3. Static magnetic circuits, self and mutual inductance
    • At the end of this section students should be able to analyze magnetic circuits and solve circuits that include mutual inductance.
  4. Ideal transformers, practical transformers, equivalent circuits
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the operation of a transformer, explain the rationale for the transformer equivalent circuit parameters, and be able to calculate the equivalent circuit from test parameters.
  5. Electromechanical systems, energy, co-energy, energy cycles, computation of forces and torques, electromechanical system dynamics
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the basic principles of electromechanical energy conversion, compute forces and torques of electric origin in magnetic devices, and simulate dynamic systems using such electromechanical devices.
  6. Synchronous and induction machines
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the operation of synchronous and induction machines, and they should also be able to analyze their steady-state operation.
  7. DC-DC conversion, buck, boost, buck-boost
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the applications of dc-dc conversion, explain the operation of three types of dc-dc converters (buck, boost and buck-boost), and design basic dc-dc converters to meet output constraints.
  8. Inverters and Rectifiers
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the need for rectifiers and inverters, explain their basic operation, and solve simple design problems.
  9. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Application
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the operation of solar PV systems and be able to do simple designs of solar PV systems.
  10. Wind Energy Application
    • At the end of this section, students should be able to explain the operation of wind energy systems, describe their societal and environmental impacts, and solve basic power flow problems associated with the integration of wind energy systems into the existing electric grid.